By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte reminded other countries that the Philippines was not a place where they could just dispose of their garbage, saying that they should have the basic respect for other sovereign nations.
Duterte made the statement almost a week after Canada retrieved the garbage a private firm shipped to the Philippines six years ago.
In a speech in Davao City, Duterte reiterated that he was not joking when he threatened to declare war if the North American country will not take back their trash.
The President also said that the decision to ship back garbage to their country of origin all boils down to respect.
“It’s a matter of respect. Kung gawain mo lang akong basurahan dito, p***** i** (If you will just treat our country like a garbage bin)…” he said.
“Akala nila nagbibiro ako. Sabi ko sa kanila, isauli ko ‘yan ‘pag hindi tayo nagkaintindihan (They think I was kidding. I told them that I will return their garbage and we can’t agree on it), I will declare war,” he added.
Duterte also revealed plans that he would have ordered the Philippine Navy to take the trash back to Canada if no one made a move to make it happen.
“Kasi kung walang barko, magkarga ng basura, ang navy ang tawagin ko, Philippine Navy, as Filipinos insulted we will… Karga mo ‘yang basurahan, pumunta tayo ng Canada, ihulog mo diyan sa pantalan nila (If there were no ships we can use to ship it, I will call the Philippine Navy to bring it to Canada and dump it in their shores),” he said.
“And then, of course, the navy and the police will start to arrest my navy men. Baka magbarilan pa. ‘Di kung magbarilan, o ‘di mag-giyera tayo. Hindi naman ako papayag nang ganun lang (They may even exchange gunshots. It will end up in a war. If that happens then we’ll really go to war. I cannot just let that happen),” he added.
“Whether I like it or not, you accept your garbage because I’m going to send it to you and I will just discharge it in your water. Arestuhin ninyo ‘yung sundalo ko, giyera tayo (Arrest my soldiers, then we will go to war),” he continued.
In 2013, a total of 55 containers of garbage from Canada were discovered by Customs authorities in the Manila seaport. The shipments were allowed into the country because they were allegedly disguised as recyclable plastics.
In late April, President Duterte threatened to declare war against Canada if they will not get back the trash they shipped to the Philippines almost six years ago. Canada, in response, vowed to retrieve their garbage.